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Honda Odyssey a comfortable second home (pictures)

Although not advancing the art of the minivan, the 2014 Honda Odyssey works as an easy driver and comfortable ride for the family.

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The Honda Odyssey, a model launched in 1994, now in its fourth generation.

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The only engine available for the Odyssey is this 3.5-liter V-6, which produces 248 horsepower and 250 pound-feet of torque.

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The Odyssey comes in four trim levels: LX, EX, EX-L, Touring, and Touring Elite. The model shown here is the Touring Elite trim.

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Power sliding doors come standard on the Odyssey at all trim levels.

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The Odyssey is a front-wheel-drive vehicle.

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Styling down the side of the Odyssey gives it a modern touch.

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The third row seats fold flat into the floor for a massive cargo area.

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As a signature feature, the Odyssey comes with a built-in vacuum cleaner in the Touring Elite trim.

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Power adjustable captain's chairs make comfortable seating for driver and front passenger.

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The middle row can serve as a bench, or as two individual seats with the fold-down console.

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Access to the third row is not bad.

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The Touring Elite trim Odyssey comes with this 16.2-inch super-widescreen rear seat entertainment system.

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The driving character of the Odyssey is very simple, in keeping with its mission.

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Electric power steering is well-tuned and offers a good turning radius.

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A six-speed automatic is the only transmission available.

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Honda's stack of controls and screens are a bit messy, with different display types and user interfaces.

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The hard drive-stored maps on the navigation system are easy to read, and show in both perspective and plan views.

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The navigation system uses traffic data to route around bad traffic.

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On the upper LCD, drivers can access the music library interface for devices connected through the USB port.

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The touchscreen midway up the stack also offers audio controls, such as choosing the audio source.

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Rather than a music library interface, the touchscreen lets drivers choose albums or folders in a sequential format.

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A back-up camera is an essential safety feature in the Odyssey.

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